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Justin Upton forced to leave Sunday's game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Braves outfielder Justin Upton left Sunday's game against the Marlins in the bottom of the fifth inning with an apparent leg injury after dropping down a bunt. Upton, who was replaced by his brother B.J. Upton, was 0 for 3 with one strikeout before exiting the game.

Upton came into the game batting .397 (23 for 58) with four doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI in his last 14 games.

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Red Sox want to talk extension with Yoenis Cespedes
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told MLB.com the team plans to discuss a contract extension with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who hit .260 with 22 homers and 100 RBI. Cespedes is owed $10.5 million next season, the final year of his contract.

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Josh Donaldson says his knee feels more 'stable'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been dealing with a knee injury, said he's encouraged because it feels more "stable" than it did the past couple days, reports CSNCalifornia.com. Donaldson should be in the lineup when Oakland visits the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card game.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis to stay in the hospital longer
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Updating an earlier report, Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to remain in the hospital the next few days while undergoing tests related to the infection he contracted, reports Newsday.

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Tanner Roark expected to come out of the bullpen
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark is expected to be used as a reliever in the NLDS despite going 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 31 starts this season, reports MLB.com.

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Mariners bring Jesus Montero back to 40-man roster
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Mariners activated designated hitter Jesus Montero from the suspended list, which puts him back on the 40-man roster. Montero was suspended after getting into an altercation in late August with a team employee in the minors.

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Corey Hart designated for assignment
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Mariners designated Corey Hart for assignment. The designated hitter had six homers and 23 RBI in 232 at-bats.

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Wade Miley, Josh Collmenter 'are locks' for Arizona rotation in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

New Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Monday starting pitchers Josh Collmenter and Wade Miley "are locks" for the rotation in 2015, according to FOX Sports Arizona. Stewart added the team will "have a nice competition for the other spots."

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A's reliever Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) throws live BP Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Athletics reliever Eric O'Flaherty threw live batting practice Monday after missing eight days due to a sore elbow, according to Yahoo! Sports.

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Offseason foot surgery not needed for Red Sox OF Allen Craig
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters that outfielder Allen Craig will not need surgery to repair his foot, per MassLive.com.

Craig suffered Lisfranc tear which interrupted his 2013 season and led to a disappointing .215 batting average in 2014. He is hopeful that a full offseason will have his foot back at 100 percent.

"He's just focused on having a good offseason," Cherington said. "I think we've done everything we can to make sure that the foot is OK going forward. No further testing needed."

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